U.S. Starwood Luxury Hotels Opens Its First-ever Moscow Resort

Posted: April 29, 2015 in Econ 101, Free Trade, Society and Culture

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St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Debuts in Russia with the St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya

Starwood’s Ultra Luxury Brand Introduces Its Signature Bespoke Service and Refined Elegance to the Historic Heart of the Russian Capital

MOSCOW, Apr 29, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is delighted to announce the official opening of the highly anticipated St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya. Owned by Rutsog Invest, the hotel marks the entry of the St. Regis brand in Russia, situated at an unrivalled location in the capital. With the opening of The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya, St. Regis has tripled its global footprint in the past decade to 34 hotels. The brand is set to debut The St. Regis Mumbai and The St. Regis Dubai by the end of 2015.

“We look forward to building a long-term partnership with Rutsog Invest as we introduce the St. Regis brand and its uncompromising commitment to excellence to Russia,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Starwood is maintaining strong growth momentum in Russia and the arrival of St. Regis in Moscow reinforces our commitment to strengthen our luxury portfolio in this important and fast developing market.”

“Located in the most highly sought-after address in the city, The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya delivers a new level of bespoke hospitality to locals and visitors alike through the brand’s signature St. Regis Butler Service,” said Jenni Benzaquen, Vice President, Luxury Brands, Starwood Hotels & Resorts – Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Capturing the soul of Moscow’s historic city centre and the spirit of the new grand tour, this hotel is a befitting debut for St. Regis in this international gateway city.”

Contemporary Heritage in the Heart of Moscow
Located on Nikolskaya Street, which connects Lubyanka Square and Red Square, the hotel occupies one of the most prestigious buildings in the capital. Situated close to the Duma (Russia’s parliament) and major business hubs as well as commercial and governmental buildings, The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya is ideal for business travelers. The hotel is also within walking distance from historic attractions and sites, including the Kremlin and Bolshoi Theatre as well as GUM and TSUM luxury department stores.

Originally constructed in the 1870s as the residence of Count Orlov-Davydov, The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya offers 210 spacious guest rooms and suites with belle époque interiors, an elegant tribute to the building’s heritage. The luxurious rooms offer postcard-perfect views of the city’s historical downtown and the bustling streets around the hotel.

Exquisite Culinary Experiences
The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya offers five culinary experiences, including Orlov Lobby Lounge, which serves signature St. Regis afternoon tea. Keeping in tradition with the St. Regis brand’s iconic King Cole bar in New York, the lobby lounge serves its own signature Bloody Mary cocktail. Called the Red Maria, the cocktail is prepared with marinated horseradish and fresh beetroot juice, a nod to the traditional borsch. Also on property, Osteria A Tavola serves Italian cuisine and Venetian-style cicchetti. Robusto, the Cognac Room at St. Regis, offers a discreet ambiance suited for enjoying cognacs and cigars amongst business partners and friends.

The hotel will unveil two new dining experiences helmed by acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Kamel Benmamar in June. A partnership with Moscow’s renowned restaurateur Arkady Novikov, the signature restaurant will offer succulent grilled meats in a fashionable ambiance. Inspired by American diners, The Farsh, a specialty burger eatery, is set to serve the city’s best burgers in a more casual setting. Additionally, guests will be able to purchase fresh meats, oil and spices at the delicatessen store located on property.

Luxury Leisure and Event Facilities
For complete rejuvenation, guests can enjoy treatments at Alexandria Beauty Lounge & Spa. Spanning 1,600 square metres, the spa comes with nine treatment rooms, an indoor pool with a sky-themed ceiling fresco as well as a sauna, hammam and fitness center.

The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya offers a private rooftop bar with panoramic views of the Kremlin for intimate gatherings and functions. In addition, the hotel features one ballroom and four meeting rooms all with natural light, making it ideal for celebrations and events.

All guests at The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya have the opportunity to experience renowned hallmarks of the St. Regis brand, including signature St. Regis Butler Service, providing anticipatory service and customization at each stay according to specific guest tastes and preferences.

Starwood in Russia
Starwood currently has six hotels in Russia, including The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya, Sheraton Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel, Sheraton Palace Hotel, and Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow as well as the W St. Petersburg and the newly opened Four Points by Sheraton Kaluga. The company will double its footprint in Russia over the next three years with new openings in cities such as Ufa, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Voronezh and Perm, as well as continued expansion in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

 

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is an American hotel and leisure company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. One of the world’s largest hotel companies, it owns, operates, franchises and manages hotels, resorts, spas, residences, and vacation ownership properties under its nine owned brands. As of 1 December 2014, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. owned, managed, or franchised over 1,200 properties employing over 180,400 people, of whom approximately 26% were employed in the United States

About Rutsog-Invest

Russian holding «Rutsog-Invest» has been in the construction and real estate business since 1990. The portfolio of Rutsog-Invest includes the management of several elite apartment buildings as well as office buildings in the city centre of Moscow, one of which is the exclusive shopping gallery next to The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya. Rutsog-Invest is currently developing further hotel business with the construction of a resort in Marienbad, Czech Republic and negotiating hotels projects in Berlin, New York and Jerusalem. Ruben Grigoryan, one of the founders and co-owners of the company, manages and develops the holding on behalf of his partners.

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